News Release: Emory Healthcare , School of Medicine

Apr. 30,  2010

Michael Ross Named President of Society of Chest Pain Centers

The Society of Chest Pain Centers has installed Emory emergency medicine physician Michael Ross, MD, as president during its 13th annual Congress of Chest Pain Centers in Las Vegas.

Ross is associate professor of emergency medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, and medical director of observation medicine, Emory Department of Emergency Medicine. Ross provides patient care at both Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown with a heavy concentration in observation medicine. In addition, he is the immediate past chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians' Short Term Observation Services Section.

"Serving my fellow colleagues as president of the Society of Chest Pain Centers is a great honor and opportunity as we coordinate our focused efforts to defeat heart disease as a leading cause of death worldwide," says Ross. "The Society of Chest Pain Centers truly is a society without walls or borders, representing hundreds of hospitals and thousands of healthcare professionals across the United States who are equally committed to preventing untimely death and disability from heart disease.

"Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with more than 600,000 deaths annually attributed to heart disease, and more than five million chest pain-related hospital visits each year," says Ross. "Our continued goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment."

Ross is a founder of the Society and also serves as a member of its board of trustees. Presently, he is also serving a three-year Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) appointment as a member of the its Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) Advisory Panel, where he also serves as chair of the panel's Observation and Visit Subcommittee. He has published and lectured extensively in the area of observation medicine and acute cardiac care. He was lead author of a national study that showed that hospitals accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) perform better in the heart attack core measures established by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as compared to non-accredited hospitals reported in the July 2009 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

Kate Heilpern, MD, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory School of Medicine, says, "Mike has dedicated his life and career to reducing the number of heart attacks and deaths associated with heart disease through research, education and the delivery of care at the bedside. I can think of no physician, leader or ambassador more qualified to advance the critical mission of the Society."

Under the leadership of Ross and Heilpern, Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown recently earned the highest level of Chest Pain Center Accreditation by the Society, making both hospitals the first in the Atlanta metropolitan region to earn such high marks for emergency chest pain readiness and care. In fact, Emory's efforts in reducing door-to-balloon time to a consistent 90 minutes or under were recognized by the Society as being instrumental in helping the organization to create an accreditation tool that all facilities will go through in the future.

The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a patient centered non-profit international professional organization focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other related maladies. Established in 1998, the Society is dedicated to patient advocacy and focusing on ischemic heart disease. Central to its mission is the question, "What is right for the patient?" In answer, the Society promotes protocol-based medicine, often delivered through a Chest Pain Center model to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers. To best fulfill this mission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers provides accreditation to facilities striving for optimum Chest Pain Center care. SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. 

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